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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "abavanagift9" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 11:12:52 +0000

*Hello Dear,

My name is Blessing Abavana, the elder daughter of Mr. paul Abavana of
Zimbabwe, I am 17 years old with my younger brother (Micheal), we are in
Ghana as refuge/asylum since we lost our parents because of the recent war
that occurred in our country.please do go through this web page for better
understanding with full details:

I am looking for one who will honestly assist my younger brother and I to
realize our inherited funds into your account and as well as invest it into
a lucrative business.

During the recent war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the supporters of
our President, Robert Mugabe to claim all the white -owned farms to his
party members and his followers, he ordered all the white farmers to
surrender all their farms to his party members and his followers.

My father being one of the few rich and successful black farmers in our
country was also victimized because of his opposition to Mugabe's policies.
And because he did not support Mugabe's ideas, Mugabe's supporters invaded
my father's farm and burnt everything in the farm, killed my father and made
away with a lot of items in my father's farm. This action was taken because
my late father felt the growing tension on the farm issue, but I guess he
never anticipated the tragedy that brought their brutal and sudden death.

However with the benefit of hindsight, owing to the looming but
deteriorating crisis in my country, Zimbabwe, my father, before his
unfortunate death deposited with International Commercial Bank (ICB) here in
Accra Ghana the sum of US$ 35MUsd (Thirty Five Million United States
Dollars), with the sole aim of acquiring and buying some dredging equipments
in setting up of a dredging firm with his partner. With his death and all
his assets seized at home and accounts frozen, the family is now in a very
difficult situation.

After the death of my father, my brother and I escaped to the Republic of
Ghana where he had deposited the money in the Bank . And we were permitted
to reside here as Political Refugees.

So Because of our present and unpleasant status here we decided to contact
an overseas firm / individual that can assist us to move this money out Of
Ghana because, as asylum seekers, we are not allowed to operate any
financial transaction of such amount within Ghana and also to assist in
providing me and my brother a permanent residential permit in your country
after the money must have been transferred to your account.

We have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum for your assistance, and
the rest will be for my brother and I, to Invest in your country under your

All I want you to do is to furnish me with the below information including
your readiness to assist me achieve this transaction for investment purposes
in your country under your supervision. Kindly re-confirm to me the

1) Your Full Name:
2) Phone, Fax and Mobile
3) Profession, Age and Marital Status.
4) Nationality

I have to re-assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free and should
be treated with absolute confidentiality. All the vital
documentation/certification that has to do with the origin of the fund is
with me for the security reasons.And I will send them to you when we
progress.And I guarantee you that this fund is not government fund, drug
money, or from arms deals.

I will detail you more about the bank immediately I receive your
acceptance response. I hope this is the beginning of a prosperous
relationship between us.Thanks and God bless you


Blessing/Micheal Abavana*

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